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Buratai inaugurates Army’s 16 Brigade in Yenogoa

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, on Tuesday inaugurated the newly-established 16 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Bayelsa into operation with patrol in and around Yenogoa. The brigade was set up in November 2016 as part of efforts to address militancy and other forms of criminality in the…

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Botswana’s Central Bank keeps lending rate at 5.5 per cent

Botswana’s Central Bank left its benchmark lending rate unchanged at 5.5 per cent on Tuesday, saying the inflation forecast will remain low and stable in the medium term. “Subdued domestic demand and modest external factors point to benign inflation,” CBN Governor Moses Pelaelo said. The News Agency of Nigeria reports…

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Boko Haram suspect, who escaped from SSS custody, rearrested

A Boko Haram suspect who escaped from the custody of the State Security Service, SSS, has been rearrested. Muktar Suleiman and others still at large escaped from SSS (also called DSS) custody in 2015, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. A Lokoja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday ordered that Mr.…

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Lawyers shun court, protest 900 per cent increase in filing fees

Some lawyers in Osun State on Tuesday shunned court sittings in a peaceful protest organised by the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, over increase in filing fees. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that activities at the Osun High Court were paralysed following the NBA protest over what it termed…

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Three confirmed dead in Anambra road accident

The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Anambra Command, said three persons died on Monday night in an accident involving a commercial bus and a Hilux truck in Awgbu, Orumba Local Government Area. The FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Sunday Ajayi, told journalists that the incident was caused by speeding…

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North Korea dispatches high-level delegation to Malaysia over killing

Pyongyang on Tuesday sent a high-level delegation to Malaysia seeking the body of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Kim Jong Nam was killed on February 13 in Kuala Lumpur’s international airport. Ri Ton-Il, Former North Korean Deputy Ambassador to UN who…

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Buratai says Niger Delta now witnessing less oil theft

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, a Lieutenant General, says contrary to notion in some quarters, illegal bunkering, refinery and oil theft in the Niger Delta had reduced. Fielding questions from journalists in Uyo, on Tuesday, Mr. Buratai said with the establishment of new army formations in the region,…

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Obasanjo blames poor leadership for Nigeria’s retrogressive growth

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday attributed the slow rate of infrastructure development in Nigeria to lack of synergy between public and the private sector. The former leader also blamed poor leadership for Nigeria's economic and infrastructural situation. Mr. Obasanjo, who was the Chairman of the 2017 Annual Seminar of…

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Malaysia AG to arraign 2 suspects in North Korean killing

Malaysia's Attorney-General, Tan Ali, says two female suspects in custody over the killing of Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half brother, will appear in court on Wednesday. “Both women will be charged under Section 302 of the Malaysian penal code which deals with punishment for…

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Nigeria evacuates 41 trafficked girls from Mali, arrests six captors

The Federal Government on Monday evacuated 41 Nigerian girls who were trafficked to Mali for forced labour and sexual exploitation. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that six persons, alleged to be human traffickers, were also arrested and brought back to the country alongside their victims. A Hercules C-130…

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Famine-hit South Sudanese eat weeds, water lilies to survive- reports

Thousands of South Sudanese families caught up in famine eat weeds and water lilies to survive, according to George Fominyen, spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP). He said “what we’ve seen is a lot of people coming from the islands. “They have been living on water lilies, they have…

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2Face donates N3.5 million to help persons displaced by Boko Haram

Nigerian music star, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as “2Face,” on Monday presented a cheque of N3.5million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR. 2Face, who made the presentation to UNHCR in Lagos, said that he was particularly touched when he visited camps of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs,…

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Naira strengthens further against dollar, sells at N450/$

The Naira on Monday continued to strengthen against the dollar and other major currencies, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Nigerian currency gained N10 to exchange at N450 to a dollar at the parallel market, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro exchanged at N560 and N470. At…

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Buhari ‘honest, incorruptible leader’, says Shagari

Former President Shehu Shagari has urged Nigerians and the international community to support President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration, saying the president is an honest, incorruptible and detribalised leader. Mr. Shagari, who clocked 92 on Saturday, said the president was doggedly fighting corruption to sanitise governance in the country and…

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I switched from Made-in-Malaysia to Made-in-Aba, Minister says

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, says he is an ardent patron of products made in Aba and was wearing locally made clothes on Monday. The minister disclosed this in Umuahia on Monday at the Federal Government’s town hall meeting and the launch of the national reorientation campaign,…

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N754 million NIMASA fraud: Witness says statement obtained by coercion

A defendant in the alleged N754 million fraud at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Ekene Nwakuche, said his statement to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was obtained by coercion. Mr. Nwakuche said this on Monday while standing trial in an Ikeja High Court alongside five…

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Police Inspector arrested carrying 75 bags of Indian hemp in police bus

A serving police inspector and a dismissed army corporal were among 14 suspects arrested by the NDLEA in Kogi for being in possession of 1,083.62 kilograms of Indian hemp valued at N6 million. The Commander of the NDLEA in Kogi, Idris Bello, told journalists in Lokoja on Monday that the…

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Nigerian govt procures 100 rice mills for distribution to states – Ogbeh

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, says the Federal Government has purchased 100 rice mills for distribution to rice-producing states in the country. Mr. Ogbeh said this in Umuahia on Monday during the Federal Government’s town hall meeting with prominent indigenes of the state. He said that…

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Zenith Bank’s annual profit increased by 22.7 per cent in 2016

Zenith International Bank Plc has declared a profit after tax of N129.65 billion and a final dividend of N1.77 per share for the financial year ended December 31, 2016. This is contained in the company’s audited report released by the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, on Monday in Lagos. The News…

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APC condemns Ondo killings

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State on Monday condemned the reported killing of five persons in Ondo West Local Government Area of the state, during a leadership tussle among rival cult groups. Five persons were reportedly killed on Friday at various locations in the area by suspected cult…

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Buhari not critically ill, not in hospital – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has reiterated the government's stance that President Muhammadu Buhari is neither critically ill nor in life threatening situation. The minister reiterated this position on Monday in Umuahia at the second town hall meeting for the south-east and the launch of national reorientation…

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Xenophobia: Another Nigerian shop looted, says union

The Nigerian community in South Africa said on Monday that another shop belonging to a member was looted in the latest xenophobic attack at Jeppestown, Johannesburg. Ikechukwu Anyene, President, Nigeria Union, South Africa, told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone from Pretoria that the shop was looted on Sunday…

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Nigerian Army say efforts ongoing to rescue missing soldier

The Nigerian Army says efforts are ongoing to rescue a soldier who got missing in action during an ambush in Lagos. Olaolu Daudu, the spokesman, 81 Division, Nigerian Army, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos. “The search operation for the missing…

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Under proposed law, winners of elections being challenged at tribunals won’t be inaugurated – Official

On the day a court sacked a senator, who has been in office for almost two years, for not being validly elected, the government pledged to enact a new law that would bar the swearing-in of candidates whose cases  are still at the tribunals. The Chairman of the Constitution and…

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My husband beats me for refusing his excessive sexual urge, wife tells court

An estranged wife, Sola Bamisile, 30, on Monday told an Ikole Ekiti Customary Court that she could no longer bear her husband’s strong sexual urge. The petitioner alleged that her husband, Bayo Bamisile, constantly beat her whenever she refused him sex. Sola told the court that within five and a…